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[Disclaimer: This article is satire, or what we used to call "fake news" before actual fake news started poisoning the political discourse!]

Trump Announces Official White House News Outlet

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 By , January 23, 2017

Press secretary proclaims new era for ‘free press,’ thanks to the White House.

Amid all the controversy over Trump’s war against the media, he made a stunning announcement today: “To stop the fake news that the lying liberal press like the New York Times is feeding to the American public, I have decided to funnel all White House news through an Official White House News Outlet. From this day forward, all White House News will be reported through the only reputable newspaper in the country, The National Enquirer.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer

White House press secretary Sean Spicer brings creative interpretation of “facts.”

Trump then left the podium and press secretary Sean Spicer remained to answer questions from White House staffers who had just been hired on as reporters by the National Enquirer. Reading from the 3 X 5 cards with assigned questions from the press secretary, a novice reporter asked how this was going to improve communication with the public.

“I’m glad you asked that,” he responded. “Now every citizen will be able to know what the President is thinking or doing without paying a hefty subscription fee. They can just pick it up at their local grocery or liquor store.”

“Were any other newspapers considered?” read another.

“The Star was a close second, so as a consolation, they will be given a front row seat at any future press conference.” The press secretary smiled and added as he left the podium, “It will be great to have a truly free press again.”

An interview with the editor of The National Enquirer revealed that due to a huge influx of cash from an anonymous investor, they will be tripling their output, having purchased a new fleet of delivery trucks and three times their present printing equipment, all to be housed for free in the Trump Tower, which he called a “magnanimous gesture” by the President. They are expecting a surge in sales, particularly in the Rust Belt.

A dark expression then came over the editor’s face. “We have just one problem,” he continued. “Now that we’re giving the White House so much space, we haven’t figured out where to put the news on Bigfoot and alien abductions.”

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Diane de Anda

Diane de Anda is a third generation Latina and retired UCLA professor. Tired of cranking out technical articles in a "publish or perish" atmosphere, she now spends most of her time writing adult fiction, children's books, parody, and satire. Her weapon of choice is the limerick, aimed with humor and a touch of malice at society's icons, celebrities, politicians, and other irritating folk.
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